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56 Stratocaster American vintage

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by lefty alex, Feb 11, 2019 at 5:36 PM.

  1. lefty alex

    lefty alex Strat-Talker

    May 1, 2010
    So I’m interested in this 56 American vintage Stratocaster and it plays really great and it’s been played a lot in its time and it’s got lots of dings and scratches etc however I was just wondering at the sunburst.. Feels quite crude and also is not very black around the edges is it possible that these can be faded if left in the Sun for a long time? And the neck is great and it really feels like a proper vintage guitar even better than some relics that I’ve played the labels inside or check out and it looks really good ....what do you guys think to these sunbursts fade?

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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Terra Incognito
    Well Fender was trying to be period correct on these. The bodies were shot with amber stain before lacquer was applied, and the burst is more tobacco brown than the darker blackish kind that Fender started to use from 59/60 onwards.
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  3. tinman1

    tinman1 Strat-Talker

    Nov 29, 2011
    Looks awesome, aside from
    the weird lefty look of course!
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    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

    Jun 15, 2007
    Over the last 30 years I have been trying to collect one copy of each of the AVRI (and AV) Stratocasters. And the only ones that presented any problems were the 56 and the 59.
    As Sue mentioned, Fender was trying to be period correct with their finishes and as a result some of the woods natural grain were buried under the base amber coat. Nothing like the 54's beautiful two tone burst. Some of the 59's I found were "bad" as far as I was concerned because very little, and in some cases, none of the grain showed through. I was finally able to secure a nice version of the burst 59, but it took quite a bit of searching to do so. As well as accepting the fact that that was what Fender was shooting for.
    And, I ended up getting the Mary Kaye version of the 56.
  5. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    I am a big fan of the 2012-17 era USA reissues.The 56 Strat is a great guitar(I own a black one).One thing I disliked about the sunburst ones however was the lack of enough black on the edges.This was common on most 56s that I have seen resembling yours in question.So it has nothing to do with fading...they were usually sprayed that way brand new.Like these for example:


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  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    In simple terms, 56 Strats weren't sprayed black, just very dark brown. Black didn't come in until the three tone burst.
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  7. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 18, 2008
    south jersey
    I got the 56 in black. It's a 2012. Love it.
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  8. Nokie

    Nokie Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    I think that burst is fine (said as an owner of an original '55 as well as an AV '56). The only real problem in the AV series bursts is the '59 where you'll find many without enough red in the burst and appearing more like the earlier tobacco burst.
  9. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    In your first pic, from the camera angle; doesn't the strat look like some kind of art sculpture.... just an observation.
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  10. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    I searvhed long and hard for one of these as I am not a fan of the nearly grainless bodies and ,IMO, too much yellow... but I couldn't find one.
    Personally, I really really love the faded red 59s that look like tobacco burst. They are gorgeous!
  11. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    So . . . did you get it?
  12. Nokie

    Nokie Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    They are indeed nice but they don't differ enough from the '56 burst.
  13. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    I played a blond AV56 a couple years ago I should've bought. There's a black one new with some shop wear for a pretty good pice nearby, but when I played it, I just didn't mesh with it.

    And I like the brown too.
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  14. mcmacguy

    mcmacguy Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 5, 2010
    I LIKE the brown edges, its a little different!
  15. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
  16. Nokie

    Nokie Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    Yes, but they don't differ enough from the '56 burst that way. If one wants little or no red ya go for the '56. The '59 should have the red.
  17. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    The different neck profile would be the primary difference for picking one of the other for me, not whether or not there's a bit of red.
  18. Nokie

    Nokie Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    Yep, but from the start, this thread focused on burst details as if that was the primary concern.
  19. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 6, 2016
    I know. I'm passive aggressively suggesting there may be other things the OP might want to consider.

    And besides. Once a thread is opened, they can pretty much go anywhere the mods allow, and often do. ;)